The Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream should prove to be another intriguing clash between two sides with very different ambitions for the season. The Blues are unbeaten so far and sit near the top of the table with seven points; they'll already be planning a title bid. Meanwhile, Villa are squarely in the middle of the standings with a win, a loss and a draw, and will instead be more concerned with those below them. Can they prove to be a thorn in Chelsea's side once again?
The Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream live stream takes place today (Saturday, Sept. 11).
► Time: 5:30 p.m. BST / 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on NBC via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)
Villa have put together some strong play this season, despite the departure of their local hero Jack Grealish. Danny Ings has stepped up in his place, but new star Emiliano Buendia won't be on hand for this game. Dean Smith will have to tinker with his lineup, since both Buendia and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez are unavailable due to quarantine restrictions, having traveled to the Brazil vs Argentina match during the international break. However, winger Leon Bailey and former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore both return this weekend and are on the bench.
Stamford Bridge will be roaring as the Blues seek to continue their unbeaten streak and bounce back from a dispiriting draw against Liverpool in week 3. Thomas Tuchel is also facing some lineup questions, as Romelu Lukaku (thigh) and Christian Pulisic (ankle) are both injured. Still, even if they are light on offensive power, Chelsea's steely defense has proven itself on the other end.
Here's how they line up:
Chelsea: Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Silva, Kovacic, Lukaku, Chalobah, Niguez, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Havertz
Aston Villa: Steer, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Watkins, Tuanzebe, Ings, Ramsey
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How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream wherever you are
The Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?
The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.
Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.
Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to NBC, Peacock or another service and watch the game.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in the US
Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream on NBC and on the NBC (opens in new tab) website with a valid login. NBC can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.
If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including NBC. Plus, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10 (opens in new tab).
Fubo.TV is another option for live TV. Their Starter Plan costs $65 per month but gives you more than 117 channels, including NBCSN, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.
If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in Canada
Canadians can watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab).
What's more, DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period (opens in new tab), with the service then costing $20 CAD per month thereafter, or $150 CAD for the year. DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.
Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in the UK
Sky Sports (opens in new tab) has the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £25/month to add those channels. Or, if you just want the soccer action, Sky is currently offering a deal on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League (opens in new tab) that gives you both channels on top of your existing non-Sports package, for £18/month.
Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.
If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but once again, Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now (opens in new tab). Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in Australia
Aussies can watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream on Optus Sport (opens in new tab), which has the rights to all 380 Premier League games this season. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month. An Annual Pass is also available for $139 AUD/year, but a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream in New Zealand
Kiwis can access the Chelsea vs Aston Villa live stream via Spark Sport (opens in new tab), which costs $24.99 NZD per month. Bear in mind, though, that there's currently a seven-day free trial so you can check it out for the start of the season and see how you like it.
Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
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